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comedy of errors

A situation or series of events characterized by a number of humorous or ridiculous mix-ups, mishaps, or blunders. Taken from one of Shakespeare's early comedies, The Comedy of Errors. Their business was a comedy of errors by the end, with orders constantly being confused, employees arriving at the wrong time, and the financial accounts being all over the place. The story is a delightful comedy of errors, in which every sort of mistake and confusion that can arise does—with everything working out just fine in the end, of course.
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comedy of errors

A complex or humorous series of events, as in Mary and John went to the Smiths', while the Smiths went to the Parkers', and the Parkers wondered why no one answered the door at John and Mary's-a true comedy of errors . The term borrows the title of Shakespeare's play, The Comedy of Errors, about two sets of twin brothers, master and slave, who are separated in infancy, and the mix-ups occurring when they arrive in the same place many years later. [c. 1600]
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comedy of errors

A ludicrous event or sequence of events: The candidate's campaign turned out to be a political comedy of errors.
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The first goal was a comedy of errors and confidence is low.
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)[India], Aug 22 ( ANI ): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi on Tuesday said the merger of EPS and OPS factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is like a 'comedy of errors' and nobody could predict what would happen next in the party.
One of the earliest, and easily the shortest of Shakespeare's plays -- "which might have an appeal for some audiences," laughs Colin -- A Comedy of Errors is basically a modernised adaptation of Menaechmi by Plautus.
Bob Carr, mitigating, described the whole incident as a 'comedy of errors.'.
Let us all hope all's well that ends well, so as to rid us of this Labour comedy of errors, and loves labours lost forever.
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He may seem an odd choice to those who do not keep up with the British theatre scene's news, but in recent years he's tackled Shakespeare with acclaimed performances in othello and The comedy Of Errors and has appeared in more modern stage projects, including Rudy's Rare Records, which was based on his own radio show.
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The acclaimed Worcestershire-based theatre company has just embarked on a British tour with its award-winning production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and a revival of The Comedy of Errors.
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Take a good look at Hamish Linklater and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the clown princes who are making a dazzling spectacle of themselves in Daniel Sullivan's madcap version of The Comedy of Errors at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Elsewhere on the show things went faintly Shakespearean with Reggie Yates calling it a case of "To turn or not to turn..." But I'm afraid The Voice is still Much Ado About Nothing with a side order of Comedy Of Errors.